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Coming Together - A Devotion

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Acts 2:42-47 (NLT)
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Over the past month an amazing thing has happened in our life, a miracle of miracles that has nothing to do with our son and his battle against cancer yet the Lord has again shown His Faithfulness in making good of every detail of our life. I have been very open about our journey on Facebook. It has been an effective way to keep everyone updated as well as calling prayer warriors to arms in our greatest time of need. The Lord has done amazing things. First, He opened the door to this procedure. He made a way where there was no way and burdened the hearts of men and women who put their profession on the line in order to fight for his cause. God laid it on the hearts of friends, family and even complete strangers to provide the finances we would need to not be burdened as well. The Lord has given us the best medical team to care for our son who went all the way around the world to find the right treatment for this aggressive and invasive cancer. The church prayed for our son. Families prayed for our son. It seemed that just about everyone we knew was praying for our son. A miracle is unfolding. I don’t think that it is a coincidence, but a message from the Lord to His Body. Miracles happen when we all come together.

Over the last several years, I have attended multiple churches. I have seen so many splits and divisions that I cannot even remember where some of us met because of all the change. Good people who love the Lord that I consider to be mighty men and women of God now distant from one another. There are some who would not even post on my Facebook wall that they were praying concerned about the ramifications. That’s ridiculous. The Lord is calling to the Body of Believers known as the Bride of Christ saying, “We must come together.” Do you want signs and wonders around you? Come together. Do you want miracles to happen? Come together. Do you want to bless the Lord’s Heart? We have to come together. You don’t have to like it, but it doesn’t mean you will find satisfaction or completion until you do. I am just as guilty as the rest with my assumptions and conclusions on the lasted church split. I am not innocent of judging men and women of God based on what I see not praying for them as I should. I ask the Lord to forgive me. We do not have to worship at the same church. We do not have to sing the same songs or have the same order of service. “And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” Logistically, it might be impossible to meet in the same place and to tangibly share everything we have but I believe after what I have witnessed personally – we can certainly do better.

I Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

Let there be no divisions in the church. Wow, that is pretty clear. I know, I know we would all like to think that this applies to our “home church” where we “choose” to worship. We are to live in harmony with “each other”. We are quick to decide how to interpret these scriptures to best suit us but really in the end it doesn’t matter what I think but what the Lord thinks. His Thoughts are much higher than ours as are His Ways. We are to be united with one mind, one thought and one purpose. You cannot fulfill the commandment of Jesus Christ to love one another if you harbor hurt, unforgiveness or even disregard for another believer.

Ephesians 4:2-4 (NLT)
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

As I read the many comments and prayers of all the people who are praying for our son, it was clear that men and women once divided were joining together once more. Not in the same place, but they all shared one purpose. Pursuing God together, He met us in that place. No one had to jump from one pen to another, move churches or make some big production. Men and women in their homes, businesses, cars and churches approached the Throne of God boldly asking for the same thing – Jesus heal this boy. They began to speak the same words – “Live in your blood” which was from God’s Word (Ezekiel 16:6) something crazy happened – his blood came back to life. Is it worth it to be humble and gentle even when those of the same faith wrong you – yes it is! Is it worth finding patience when people in the church let you down – yes it is! Is it okay to make allowance for each other’s faults – I highly recommend it. Will it pay off to be united in Spirit – you bet it will! If we could just strive more to become one body with one Spirit I believe that our future would be glorious! I have witnessed a miracle. It happened when the Body of Christ came together despite their differences and decided to be one body and one Spirit. People that is how miracles are happen. I believe God is so moved by the harmony of His Children that He cannot help but go overboard in His Blessing.

I Peter 4:7-10 (NLT)
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Love covers a multitude of sins. Continue to show deep love for each other. There are many people who I no longer go to church with that I love very much. I miss worshipping alongside of them each week. I have learned many things in this journey that we have been on over the last few years. Our life will never be the same. This could be said of many people in the church who have been hurt by other members. We are all people. We all have faults. We all have failures. But we are all called to love and forgive. Today, I encourage you to examine your heart. Who is that one person who you just cannot forgive? He or she is the one person who may be holding up your miracle. Who is that person who has done the unthinkable? You must decide if it worth missing the mark to hold on to that hurt. Healing is yours for the asking but you must surrender your hurt to be healed. The end of the world is coming soon. The earth shakes at the close proximity of Christ. When He returns I do not want to be as a guilty child caught in the act of fighting with my brothers and sisters. So today, I will examine my heart for ways to develop a closer relationship with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I must learn to show earnest and disciplined concern for their needs and do my best to help them. God has blessed our life. He is doing a miracle in our son’s life. The very least that I can do is serve Him well by serving others.

I Corinthians 12:8-11 (NLT)
To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

There is a reason that the Holy Spirit does not give all the gifts to each person. We are to bind ourselves together in love but if we didn’t need each other then we would just do it all ourselves. Last week, our son went into septic shock. Before we knew, the Holy Spirit woke up people to pray for him in the night. There was some confusion and his trip to ICU was delayed several hours. The doctor told me, “It is by the Grace of God that nothing happened to him.” Glory to God! We need each other. The miraculous is attained when we come together. Most of you are too old to remember the Wonder Twins, their superpowers were activated when they touched hands in agreement. Our superpower is the Holy Spirit. He is working on your behalf 24/7. When we unite our faith with other believers, more of His Gifts come into play. We are strengthened in that moment and have more ability than ever before. If we were meant to do it all alone, then God would have equipped us to do so. What good is love if there is no one to give it too? We must bind our hearts and minds together in the Spirit and never ever let the enemy rob us of godly relationships. We must make it a point to preserve them. They are powerful gifts that should not be forsaken.

Matthew 18:19-20 (NLT)
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

Today, I am celebrating the faithfulness of God. Our son’s health is turning around dramatically minute by minute. I am seeing the impossible happen. All over Facebook a people read the status update for our son today, they are posting high praise to our awesome God. To Him be all the glory, indeed. We can live like this…no really we can. How many people stand in church but feel as though they are in a room full of strangers or all alone? Many people do. Good people. Faithful people who have been hurt so many times along the way they are afraid to connect with fellow Christians anymore. They live mundane, mediocre existences nothing miraculous. If we can learn together as followers and AGREE, the Power of God is among us. His Name is Jesus Christ and YES He is still in the miracle business today. I have doctor’s reports to prove it. His People came together. They called on His Name. They spoke His Word in unison. We have been blessed. The Healing Power of Jesus Christ is working miracles right before my eyes. I have decided that no matter what it takes, I want to live like that every day not just this one day. It’s time to come together.

Psalm 133
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing even life everlasting.

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